Dear Hesston Elementary Families:


As summer is quickly flying by, I would like to take the opportunity to introduce myself before the 2014-15 school year officially begins. My name is Alisa Krehbiel and I am excited to be your principal at Hesston Elementary School. I live here in Hesston with my husband, Ted and our children, Christian and Emma. Continuing my career in the Hesston USD 460 is a delightful honor for me. Over the last few weeks, I have been busy at the elementary school becoming familiar with the building, hiring new staff members, learning about the strong academic programs, as well as studying what makes Hesston Elementary School such a uniquely special place. The elementary level is where strong connections are made between home and school, and where all staff members are committed to developing the whole child. I value these characteristics as well, and am excited to continue moving Hesston Elementary School forward on the path to excellence.


Professionally, I have been a part of the USD 460 for 18 years, teaching primarily at the middle school in grades seven and eight. In previous teaching experiences, I taught grades K-2. Over the course of my educational career, I have spent a great deal of time on district committees, leadership teams, utilized and supported new curriculum initiatives, and taught hundreds students.  I work diligently at staying professionally current and learning about educational best practices for kids and schools.


One of the most important aspects of my role as a principal is to build strong relationships with students, families, and staff members. It is important to me to be visible in the hallways, commons, out front, in the classrooms, and on the playground getting to know your child(ren). Please take some time at the beginning of the school year, if not before to introduce yourself and your student(s).


In addition to developing strong connections with all of you, I want to particularly make certain your child feels welcomed, comfortable, and safe at school. If you have any concerns or questions about a specific situation or procedure, please do not hesitate to ask.  Communication is essential to build the bridge between home and school as well as affording your student(s) the best opportunity for success.  


I look forward to meeting many of you at enrollment on August 7, 2014 from

11:00 am-7:00 pm in the Hesston High School commons or at various places around town. Thank you for the many well-wishes and words of support I have received over the summer. I look forward to a GREAT year!


Sincerely,

Alisa Krehbiel

Principal,

Hesston Elementary School